ASK Artists Statement

As artists, writers and performers who work with and for children, we have witnessed with growing concern and despair the tragic effect of gun violence on children. We call out for a saner, more rational gun policy in our country, states and communities. We join with other voices calling for comprehensive universal background checks for gun purchasers, better screening for mental health problems, better gun safety regulations for gun owners to keep children safe from accidental firings, and a limit on semi-automatic weapons and large magazines. We ask you to join us in this call for a safer world.


To sign the statement, email info@artistsforsafekids.org and we'll add your name to the list:

Artist Signees

Ginger Acopiado, Music Education Business owner

​​Alphabet Rockers (Kaitlin McGaw, Tommy Shepherd), musicians

Peter Alsop, musician

Muriel Anderson, musician

Rani Arbo, musician

Roger Armstrong, storyteller  

Ivan Arredondo, fine artist  

Jane Arsham, Admin Director for Children's Music Network  

Greg Artzner, musician  

Carrie Ayvar, storyteller

Chris Ballew (Caspar Babypants), musician  

Linda Batlin, storyteller

Banana Slug String Band

Battersby Duo: Laura and Tim Battersby, musicians  

Noa Baum, storyteller

Steve Bedell, Kidzmusic Partner 

Elizabeth Benjamin, musician

Samantha Berger, author

Brittany Bethune, singer-songwriter  

Beth Bierko, musician  

Scott Bierko, musician

​Carol Birch, author

Jeanne Birdsall, author  

Charlotte Blake-Allston, storyteller

Beth Blenz-Clucas, public relations for children's artists

Debbie Block, Manager for Bill Harley, musician, author  

Peter Blood, musician

Sulinha Boucher - musician  

Jeanie Bratschie, musician

Simon Brooks, storyteller  

Larry Brown, storyteller  

Liz Buchanan, storyteller

Geraldine Buckley, storyteller  

Milbre Burch, storyteller  

Sandy Byer, musician  

Len Cabral, storyteller  

Joanie Calem, musician  

Courtney Campbell, musician

​Michelle Cardin, musician

Debbie Cavalier, musician

Karen Chace, storyteller, teaching artist, author  

Tom Chapin, musician

Patti Christensen, Professional Storyteller

Ashli Christoval, musician  

David Claunch, storyteller

Sheila Cohen, author  

Dana Cohenour, musician

Amy Conley, Performer/Educator  

Maureen Conlin, musician  

Greg Cooney, musician

Kevin Cordi, storyteller

Jim Cosgrove, musician

Ralph Covert, musician  

Pete Cowdin, author, owner of Reading Reptile, children’s bookstore  

Sharon Creech, author  

Dorothy Cresswell, musician

Jane Crouse, storyteller

Cory Cullinan, musician

​Donna Dees, Million Mom March

Diane DeGroat, author, illustrator  

Kayte Deioma, musician  

Leeny del Seemonds, storyteller

Laura Deutsch, musician/educator

Lucky Diaz, musician  

Katherine Dines, musician

​Kate Dockins, children's music marketing

Norah Dooley, storyteller  

Drea Douglas, storyteller

Dan Elliot, musician, Pointed Man Band

Bethany Ellis, storyteller

Steve Elsi, musician

Frances England, musician  

Audrey Engdahl, musician, educator, visual artist  

Becky Everly, storyteller  

Cathryn Fairlee, storyteller  

Pam Faro, storyteller

​Elizabeth C. Felt, author

Kerry Fenster, musician

Cathy Fink, musician

Brigid Finucane, artist, educator

Steve Floyd 

Lyn Ford, storyteller  

Julie Fortenberry, author  

Fran Friedman, musician, educator

Kathleen Friend MD, Child Psychiatrist and Musician

Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer), musician  

Missus G (Katherine Jamieson), musician

Alisha Gaddis, musician

Lisa Stewart Garrison, musician

Kate Garchinsky, illustrator  

Jackson Gillman, storyteller  

Barbara Gint, musician

Red Grammer, musician

David Gonzales, musician, playwright, storyteller  

Linda Goodman-Wood, storyteller  

Marsha Goodman-Wood  

Craig Green

Wendy Gourley, storyteller, playwright

​Joanne Hammil, musician

Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snickett), Author

Hands in Motion (Neysa Battistini, Landin K. Battistini, Cali Boles, & Elena Margarella)  

Bill Harley, musician/author

Dan Harper, author  

Kim and Reggie Harris, musicians

Don Hart, musician  

Yvonne Healey, storyteller  

Lisa Heintz, music educator  

David Heitler-Klevans, musician  

Jenny Heitler-Klevans, musician  

Candace Heitner, musician  

Alina Heria, musician

Gail Herman, storyteller

Nancy Hershatter, musician  

Megan Hicks, storyteller

Max Highstein, musician  

Allan Hirsch, puppeteer, storyteller

Drew Holloway (Recess Monkey), musician  

Phil Hoose, author/musician

Margaret Hooton, music educator

Susan Hopkins, teacher  

Beth Horner, storyteller

Muriel Horowitz, storyteller

Jacqueline Houtman, author

Priscilla Howe, storyteller  

Rick Huddle, musician

Cindy Hughlett, musician 

Andrew Hunt (Cowboy Andy) musician

Billy Jonas, musician

Dean Jones, Musician, Dog On Fleas  

Sheila Arnold Jones, storyteller  

Norton Juster, author

Robbi K & Friends

Charity Kahn, musician  

Diana Kane, storyteller

Randy Kaplan, Family Entertainer, musician, teacher  

Regina Kelland, Children's Music Marketing  

Carol Kerman, storyteller  

Robert Kikuchi-Ngoho, storyteller  

Dave Kinnoin, musician  

Jesse Klausmeier, author  

Emily Klion, director, San Francisco Youth Theater

Katie Knutson, storyteller  

Debra Koel, musician

Marc Kohler, puppeteer  

Kari Kovick, music educator


Monica Ladd,storyteller

Ginger Lazarus, playwright  

Martha Leader, musician 

 ​Joanie Leeds, musician

Terry Leonino, musician  

Gwenda Ledbetter, storyteller

Denya LeVine, Musician  

Marla Lewis, musician

Irene Light, educator; musician  

Grace Lin, author

Angela Lloyd, teaching artist, storyteller, musician  

Bonnie Lockhart, musician

Sara Lovell, musician, singer, songwriter

Mark Lutwak, playwright, director

Joanne Early Macken, author

Gunnar Madsen, musician

Diana Mahiques, Business Marketing, Entertainment

Barry Stewart Mann, storyteller

Cindy Marshall, 

Marcy Marxer, musician

Cooper McHatton,  Puppeteer

Gina McHatton, writer, educator

Hazel McHatton, artist, musician

Todd McHatton, artist, musician

Vivi Melody, musician

Valerie Menard, performer

Birdie Mendoza, edu-tainer  

Shawn Middleton, storyteller

Lucas Miller, musician

Kate Moran, musician

Wendy Morgan, musician

Audra Morrison

Barry and Cara Moser, illustrators

Kate Munger, musician  

Pat Nease, storyteller  

Cora Newcomb, storyteller

Leslea Newman, author

Richard and Rochelle Newman, visual artists  

Miriam Nicholson

The Not-Its! (Sarah Shannon, Danny Adamson, Tom Baisden, Jennie Helman, Michael Welke), musicians

Vincent Nunes, musician/ attorney  

Bruce O'Brien, musician

Eric Ode, musician  

Susan O'Halloran, storyteller  

Okee Dokee Brothers: Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing, musicians  

Celine O'Malley, author, storyteller

Jose-Luis Orozco, Bilingual author, musician

Judy Pancoast, musician  

Michael Parent, storyteller  

Queen Parish, storyteller  

Annie Patterson, musician

Miranda Paul, children's author  

Tom Pease, musician

Stacey Peasley, musician  

Cathy Peerless  

Ruth Pelham, musician

Judy Petersen, storyteller  

Steve Pierson, musician  

Sarah Pirtle, musician  

Barry Louis Polisar, musician, author

Cindy Pon, author, artist  

Paul Porter, photographer  

Carolina Presnell, musician

Linda King Pruitt, storyteller  

Steve Pullara, musician

Jason and Jacob Rabinowitz (the Pop-Ups), musicians  

Jo Radner, storyteller

Don Rankin, musician  

Sue Reier, musician

Cathy Riso  

Cindy Rivka Marshall, storyteller  

Sally Rogers, musician  

Linda Ronberg, musician  

Dennis Ronberg, musician  

Joyce Rouse, musician  

Katy Rydell, storyteller

Brady Rymer, Musician  

Carol Saferstein, storyteller

Kevin Salem, musician

Andres Salguero (123 Andres), musician

Susan Salidor, musician  

Barney Saltzberg, author/musician  

Les Schaffer, storyteller

Casey Schaeffer, musician  

Nancy Schimmel, musician  

Robin Schulte, Storyteller

Dennis Scott, producer, writer, musician

Erik Scott, musician

Steve Seskin, musician  

Tim Seston, musician  

Mary Shapiro, musician

Sandy Sherman, songwriter  

Patricia Shih, musician  

Anne Shimojima, storyteller

Bill Shontz, Musician, Entertainer, Songwriter, Educator  

Heidi Siegell, musician  

Nancy Silber, musician

Silly Goose & Val (Valerie Smalkin), musician

Patty Silversher, songwriter  

Gale Simon-Bierenbaum, poet

Aaron Nigel Smith, One World Chorus  

Jessica Smith, musician  

BZ Smith, storyteller

Grant Maloy Smith, American Roots Singer/Songwriter  

Lemony Snickett, author

Lisa Sniderman/Aoede, storyteller, musician  

Tom Sparough, storyteller  

Jonthan Sprout, musician  

Fran Stallings, storyteller  

Anna Stange, musician

Paul Stark, Musician

Gari Stein, Educator-Performer  

Heidi Stemple, author  

Tina Stone, storyteller/musician

Noel Paul Stookey, musician  

Stuart Stotts, musician

Roland Stringer, publisher, artistic director  

Gene Tagaban, storyteller  

Dovie Thomason, storyteller  

Julie Thompson, musician  

Barb Tilsen, musician  

Ethan Turner

Karuna Ma Susan Twiggs, poet, writer  

Michele Valeri, puppeteer

Heidi Van, curator, Fishtank Performance Studio

Linda Vanderheyden, author

Timothy Van Egmond,folksinger, storyteller  

Deborah Van Kleef, musician

Vikki Wachetel, musician  

Devin Walker, musician  

Kim Wallach, musician  

Nancy Wang, storyteller

Ruth Weber, musician

Mo Willems, author, illustrator

Kira Willey, musician

Susi Wolf, storyteller  

Avi Wortis, author  

Barbara Wright, musician

Peter Yarrow, musician  

Jane Yolen, author

Y. York, playwright

Jean Young, songwriter, teacher of children & their parents  

Andy Zamanes, musician  

Dan Zanes, musician  

Jennifer Rudick Zunikoff, storyteller